January 2012 Archives

Who's Developing Whom?

What would happen if teacher development happened internally, entirely site-based and tailored to particular schools and populations?

Voice of Authority

Whose voice is the loudest? The researcher, the politician, the media "authority?" Or the people who are invested, who have first-hand contact with public schools every day?

Evaluating Our Values

Here's a radical theory to consider: Young people don't know civics because we don't teach them civics!

The Problem with Lesson Plans

This never-ending tinkering with instruction and curriculum is called building an effective practice. It's challenging intellectual work, entirely dependent on teachers' commitment to experimenting, then paying attention to their results.

Why the Virgin Mary Left NOLA and Other Lessons From a Turnaround School

How do we build lessons that go deep, into the place where school learning shapes motivation?

Who's Responsible for This, Anyway?

One of the by-products of the accountability movement and high-tech data management tools--like on-line grade-books--is the elevation of filling in boxes over actual learning. The grade, the test score, the completed assignments--all physical manifestations of obedience--become the target.

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